The debate "In humans existence preceeds essence" was started by
May 25, 2015, 11:25 pm.
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I would say that past actions inform our essence a great deal. And I do believe we have essence. But it's deeper that the essence of a table, of a cup, etc... We have explorers, family men/women, scientists, philosophers, artists, scholars, etc... we have no human essence which is shared among us all because we are so uniquely suited to pursue interests that transcend survival alone, which trump our baser instinct and nature.
Philosophy is more interesting than theology, isn't it?
Do we have essences? Or is this philosophy going too far? Thought-concepts don't inform reality. Reality informs the thought-concept. What the thing is then, informs us of its essence. So yes, the human being exists, and informs us of its essence. Essence is a unit of information relating to the object of inquiry. Essence must be the information of the true state of the entity. So just as relevant to the essence of the human is the statement of its organs and cellular interactions as with its cognitive state.
A more interesting question: do the past actions of a human also inform you of the humans essence? Is the essence only the stuff of it, or the history of as well?
I'm enjoying some of the philosophical debates lately since the religious ones get boring. So here is Jean Paul Sartre's position on being human.... With which I tend to agree. I'm hoping someone will have some good arguments against this since I think it's an interesting topic.
Essence: the attribute or set of attributes that make an entity or substance what it fundamentally is, and which it has by necessity, and without which it looses it's identify.
So human begins exist before they have an essence. Their existence precedes the essence which makes them human. Therefore, their existence eventually defines their humanity rather than their humanity defining their existence.